Stein discusses Democratic debate, Snowden on Democracy Now!

steindnGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, appearing on Democracy Now!, said Tuesday evening’s presidential debate “was not a new day for the Democratic Party. It was enriching. It was wonderful to see the focus on economic justice, and that was very welcome. But there it was taking place in the luxury Wynn Hotel in Nevada, and this is where we’re having a discussion about economic justice. And Hillary Clinton, as sort of the dominant voice in the debate, is a little hard to believe. She’s sort of talking out of both sides of her mouth: She wants to go against Wall Street, but she won’t support Glass-Steagall…the law that separated speculative banking from everyday consumer banking. … Glass-Steagall was repealed under the Clinton Administration and needs to be brought back.”

On foreign policy, Stein said, “What was said was really pretty uniform. It was all kind of in the mode of the tough-guy, American-militarist approach to foreign policy. And there was this incredible cognitive disconnect. You know, the Middle East is going up in flames. We have about five failed states right now, going on many more. And we have created ISIS. And the thinking is that we can fix ISIS by doing more of what created ISIS. And there was absolutely no meaningful dialogue about this quagmire that we are plunging into headlong.”

Stein was also asked for her thoughts on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Stein said, “I think he has paid more than his due. He performed an incredible service. While he broke a law, technically, he also served a much higher constitutional law which was being broken. I think he should be welcomed home as a hero. And I think Chelsea Manning as well ought to be recognized as the hero that she is, and I would say the same for Julian Assange. We owe them all a great debt of gratitude.”


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